Website from Scottish Government Set to Clarify Tenancy Agreement Changes

A new Scottish Government website will allow landlords to create tenancy agreements that comply with legislator changes, a feature which has been praised by the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

The website was launched by minister for local government and housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, at SAL’s National Landlord Day event in Edinburgh. It aims to make it easier for landlords to comply with the requirements for all new tenancy agreements set to come into effect from 1 December 2017. The site will allow landlords to create tenancy agreements containing clauses required under the new legislation. It will also allow them to add or remove correctly drafted optional clauses as required. 

Under new regulation, mandatory clauses include matters such as tenancy deposits, repairing standard compliance and methods to end a tenancy. The new tenancy agreement aims to simplify contracts to clarify the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants.

Chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords, John Blackwood, said: ‘We are delighted that the Scottish Government has chosen to launch this new website at the 2017 National Landlord Day event. We have worked closely with the Scottish Government, housing charities, tenant groups and others to ensure the new tenancy agreement legislation strikes the right balance which will help the PRS to grow whilst encouraging responsible landlords and protecting the rights of tenants. By making it easy for landlords to create agreements which comply with the new legislation, we hope this website will help educate both tenants and landlords regarding their respective rights and responsibilities and help to drive rogue players out of the market, allowing the overwhelming majority of landlords who act responsibly to thrive.’

Kevin Stewart MSP added: ‘Both landlords and tenants have told us the new tenancy will ensure a modern and fit-for-purpose private rented sector. The resources launching today will ensure that process is as easy to navigate as possible, bringing great benefits for landlords and the 760,000 tenants who call the sector their home.’